FA Cup third round winners: Who is in the fourth round draw?

FA Cup third round winners: Who is in the fourth round draw?

  • Premier League and Championship clubs entered the competition in the third round
  • Tottenham and Fulham won their Friday night ties
  • Newcastle were up against fierce rivals Sunderland

Pedro Porro's scorcher against Burnley sent Spurs into the fourth round
Pedro Porro’s scorcher against Burnley sent Spurs into the fourth round / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

 

The third round of the FA Cup kicked off this week five months after the initial preliminary qualifying stage of the competition.

Jay Malshanskyj of the wonderfully named eighth-tier outfit Bishop’s Cleeve scored the tournament’s first goal at 19:48 on 4 August 2023, just 66 seconds into the first game of this season’s FA Cup. The campaign has been swollen with excitement and intrigue ever since, with teams from England’s top two tiers adding to the spectacle in the always highly anticipated third round.

Bishop’s Cleeve had their fast start cut short in September but 64 teams still remained to duke out an entertaining slate of fixtures this week. Here are the sides that will be in the hat for the fourth-round draw.


What teams are through to the 2023/24 FA Cup fourth round?

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Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham were one of the first teams to advance to the FA Cup fourth round / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Each team to have won their FA Cup third-round tie and advanced to the fourth round of the competition is listed below:

Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, Ipswich Town, Coventry City, Maidstone United, Leicester City, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield United, Plymouth Argyle, Bournemouth, Southampton, Brighton & Hove Albion, Watford, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Swansea City.

Much to the disdain of some Premier League managers, replays are still used at this stage of the cup for teams that cannot be separated after the first encounter. Brentford boss Thomas Frank was particularly perturbed by the format structure, lamenting: “The FA or whoever is in charge of this need to take some more clever decisions.”

The following matches were drawn and subjected to a fate Frank implied was worse than defeat, a replay in mid-January at the opposite stadiums:

Date

Match

04/01/24

Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton

05/01/24

Brentford 1-1 Wolves

06/01/24

Hull City 1-1 Birmingham City

06/01/24

Newport County 1-1 Eastleigh

06/01/24

Norwich 1-1 Bristol Rovers


FA Cup 2023/24 third round results

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Newcastle lined up against local rivals Sunderland / Michael Regan/GettyImages

After Thursday’s painfully forgettable goalless draw between Crystal Palace and Everton to limply open the third round, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham advanced against Burnley and Rotherham United respectively in Friday night ties that weren’t much livelier.

The pulse of the round mercifully quickened on Saturday afternoon. Sunderland boss Michael Beale described the Wear-Tyne lunchtime derby as “the tie of the round”, boasting: “The whole nation’s looking forward to it.” Beale’s Black Cats were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Newcastle United, suffering their first derby defeat since 2011.

However, the story of day was stolen by sixth-tier Maidstone United. The lowest-ranked club in the third round defeated League One’s Stevenage courtesy of Sam Corne’s first-half penalty.

 

Rob Edwards bemoans late penalty decision in Luton’s goalless draw with Bolton

Rob Edwards bemoans late penalty decision in Luton’s goalless draw with Bolton

Rob Edwards bemoans late penalty decision in Luton’s goalless draw with Bolton

Alfie Doughty went down in the closing moments under a challenge from defender Will Forrester but VAR ruled against an infringement.

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Rob Edwards believes Luton should have been awarded a late penalty at Kenilworth Road as they were made to settle for a goalless draw against League One Bolton in the FA Cup third round.

Alfie Doughty went down in the closing moments under a challenge from defender Will Forrester, seconds after he had been denied a likely winner when his shot came back off a post.

Edwards fielded a near full-strength side but it was not enough to find a way past the team currently second in the third tier.

Substitutes Andros Townsend and Jordan Clark both saw second-half efforts deflected wide as Luton laboured in vain to avoid a replay.

Chances for Ian Evatt’s side were at a premium, Josh Sheehan briefly worrying stand-in goalkeeper Tim Krul in the first half with a rasping drive that cleared the crossbar, but by and large this was a result earned via a determined, organised defensive effort.

Yet Edwards felt his team had been unfairly denied the chance to win the tie from the penalty spot after referee Andrew Madley was advised by VAR that Forrester had not committed an infringement in challenging Doughty for the ball.

“The big decision was a penalty on Alfie Doughty,” he said. “I never moan about decisions going against us but I’m not sure what VAR was thinking there with that one.

“I think Andrew Madley should have been told to go to the screen. I think that was a big mistake.

“Credit to Bolton. They’ve got a result and we go and do it again.”

The result means a replay which in turn will force a rearrangement of Luton’s upcoming Premier League visit to Burnley, now brought forward three days to January 12.

Edwards had hoped to take his players away on a warm-weather training camp after the game at Turf Moor, but that will now have to wait until after the rematch against Bolton.

“I’m disappointed that we’ve not managed to get the job done today,” he said. “The reality is we haven’t, and we have to go again.

“We’re on a different schedule now, we were going to be off (Monday), have a bit more time to plan for Burnley, but now we play them away on Friday night. That’s just the reality and we’ve got to deal with it.

“I respect the (FA Cup) hugely, it’s one I love and have grown up watching. I want us to progress in it. I respect Bolton Wanderers and everything (Ian Evatt) has done there.

“I genuinely feel whatever team I would have picked would be strong and be capable of winning the game.”

Bolton boss Evatt reflected that the decision not to award Luton a late penalty was fair.

“The referee made the decision and there were two experienced officials in the VAR hub who looked at it as well and both of them thought it wasn’t a penalty, so it wasn’t a penalty,” he said.